Give-A-Book has been providing new books to children, schools and community libraries in Costa Rica and Central America for many years. We partner with Rotary Clubs, Peace Corps Volunteers, Churches, Missionaries, various NGOs and civic organizations to raise funds and awareness regarding literacy and the importance of accessibility to books in order to meet our purpose of serving those in need. With your help, we are doing just that! Mission teams, Rotary service teams, student groups and many of our partners travel to Costa Rica, sort the books into sets and deliver the new, high quality Spanish, bi-lingual and simple English reading and educational books, and dictionaries to children, schools and community libraries.
The concept started when the Give-A-Book founder, Carl Dickerson, took some Spanish books with him on a wheelchair mission trip. The books were donated to each recipient of a wheelchair and to a school in the community where the team was staying. The response was overwhelming! A delegation from the school and the community inquired if there was any way we could continue providing books like these to the schools. Most of the schools do not have books, or have very few, outdated books. Books in Costa Rica are also inherently expensive. So Carl returned to the States, searched for Spanish books, raised funds, which were matched by a Rotary matching grant, and new books were sent and delivered to schools. Several other matching grants followed and now, fifteen years later, Give-A-Book continues to grow with help from Rotary grants, sponsorship by mission teams, and other generous donations, including the donation of a warehouse for the books by Esteban Looser, a Rotarian friend with the San Pedro-Curridabat Rotary Club.